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Creating a DVD not so easy as I thought

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I have some home movies I converted to WMV am trying to burn to DVD+R (Maxell)  8x 4.7 2 hours. I have been using Windows DVD Maker on two separate machines. The disks are new of course and have been used to burn database backups to them. The Burners are within 2 years of being new.
I start off by adding the files and they seem to be fine as they show up in the DVD Maker and can be seen in the scenes and menu just fine.
Next I see the burn option so I click it and it begins to encode the disk. It gets all the way to 99% then fails.......with an error occurred when burning the DVD.
Any thoughts on what I could try.
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If the disks have been used for database files before (and keeps failing at 99%) You will need brand spanking new DVDs with no data written to them, you can't overwrite already existing data with those disks....................Sorry No these are blank disks my poor wording there. They seem to be a good batch is what I meant. I have not found any bad ones that give me trouble with Db backups.

Or are you saying you've bought the same brand DVDs before and have used them for backups? YES.  I would suggest trying a free DVD burning program to test out it isn't Windows DVD Maker, which isnt all that great in the first place. Download a trial version of another DVD program (Cheetah DVD burner, Nero, Roxio, etc)

Also, to make a real "DVD Disk" You need to have the video files in the right format, seperate audio and video files.  What you should be doing if you only have 1 file is burning a "Data" disk, so you can access the file on other PCs. If I burn these to a data disk since they are in WMV does that mean they will not play in a DVD player unless I use something like Format Factory and convert them to some other format other than WMV........Like maybe MP4 or something like that....?

If you want to use a DVD player you will have to download a file converter.
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How much free space is on your hard drive?
Have you tried lowering the write speed?

Remove one of the movies from the project and try gain.
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I have been out for a bit and I am trying the suggested actions.

RootsMan: I do not see where the write speed is for the TSSTCorp CDDVDW SH-S243N
In fact I am not seeing much of anything through Google on the write speed. How do I find that?

Also I am currently trying the DVDFlick tool. I would prefer using the Microsoft but I will see if these burn. If I have a DVD+R (Maxell)  8x 4.7 2 hours disk. What kind of cushion "IN MINUTES" do I need to leave in order for most of this to copy. The videos are a 34, 36 and 40 minutes combined to make 110 does that leave enough space or should I leave like 20 or 30 minutes on each dvd...?
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I made a mistake the amounts awarded to the experts hopefully are adequate and should be awarded.
Alienwalker's comment #35421227  (100 points), Alienwalker's comment #35421289  (100 points), CABIS's comment #35424016  (100 points), RootsMan's comment #35587200  (100 points) and dbrunton's comment #35693575  (100 points)

Please disregard my mistake. There really should be a cancel button that allows me to not select my own answer if I accidentally do. This should be a one click and I am back out kind of thing.
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Your points distribution is OK.  Don't worry about the 0 points to yourself.

In about 4 days the points will be allocated to the experts you nominated.
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Oh I did not know that. Seems like they would have put a message like .... "Are you sure you want to reward (0) points to yourself?" and then I could have cancelled. That would be better. Maybe I can get my friend a senior expert in another zone to request that. Thanks. dbrunton. I knew a Patrick Brunton in High School in NC. He was a good friend until he got married then he disappeared. Works for Tyson Foods?
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Wrong country, I'm afraid.

I'm down in the southern hemisphere, east of Australia.
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The tools you mentioned all worked. I could not get the Windows tool to work for some reason but the other apps and tools got it done. thank you
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